Microsoft is making huge strides on bringing its productivity line-up to the cloud, so it's understandable that Apple is seeking to offer an alternative. Today, rumors are surfacing that Cupertino is partnering with VMware to push the company's own iWork software to the net.
The rumor mill is surely heating up but we take everything with a grain of salt around here. Once bitten, twice shy, and all that. But where Apple is in the news there's always going to be sparks. Here's ten stories that we found hot on the site this week.
Your Mac provides you with a number of options to turn your photos into works of art, but one that you might not have considered is to craft your images into your own comic book. Following some simple principles and using a range of Pages features, you can quickly build your own visual story by adding images to a document and positioning them in order. The process isn’t as difficult as you might think and offers a fun way to share your photos with friends and family, complete with your own text to help tell the story.
With so many different templates available in Pages there are a wide range of projects you can work on. You can create newsletters, design posters and even share photos and stories with friends and family.
Planning on writing a book this summer? Or perhaps you want to take a stab at that movie idea that's been percolating in your head for a few years now. Your Mac is the best tool for composition, and there's an arsenal of software that can help you get started. Whether you want to utilize a free app or can spring the cash for something chock full of features, there's an app that can faciliate your writing needs.
We all know how well Pages can present newsletters, school reports, letters and brochures. But exciting presentation doesn’t have to stop when it comes to adding figures and percentages to your Pages project.
While it’s sometimes necessary to include a spreadsheet or other numerical representation in your document, it doesn’t have to be the boring kind. Using Pages’ in-built chart creation tool borrowed from iWork’s Numbers, you can quickly turn dull-looking data into stunning charts and even make them three-dimensional for added pizzazz. You can turn a wide range of data into a chart, from budget information and cost analyses through to earnings, valuations and more, and make them fit into the overall design of your project with ease.
Apple’s aesthetic consists of white space and minimalist design. It even applies to the templates in Pages. Your projects don’t have to be quite so black and white, however, and Apple provides plenty of tools within Pages to help you add color. Using shapes is one such route to spicing up your designs, but many users don’t look further than the simple color fill available from the tool bar.
What good is a new Retina Display iPad without a bunch of Apple-created apps to go with it? To that end, the folks in Cupertino have offered up a host of updates to the current iWork, iMovie and GarageBand apps as well as porting yet another member of the iLife family to the tablet fold with iPhoto.
Having to tell readers to turn to a specific page for more information is now limited to printed documents. For those who work with digital text more often than not, the ability to click a link comes as second nature.
Big news last week was Mountain Lion's sneaking out the gate without a big hoopedy doo Keynote. There's been little news on that front since then, but there are a few pieces to the puzzle, along with iCloud follies, and a few Apple TV tips (which might just be Apple's next big thing). Let's see what's cookin' in the hot stories this week.